Teresa Earnhardt (née Houston; born December 20, 1958) is the third wife and widow of Dale Earnhardt. She is the biological mother of Taylor Nicole Earnhardt (born December 20, 1988) and she is the stepmother of Kerry Earnhardt, Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Teresa is currently the president and Chief Executive Officer of Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Ralph Lee Earnhardt (February 23, 1928 – September 26, 1973) was an American stock car racer. He was the father of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; the grandfather of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kelley Earnhardt Miller,Taylor Putnam, and Kerry Earnhardt, and great grandfather of Jeffrey Earnhardt and Bobby Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt helped get Bobby Isaac his start in racing.
Teresa was born in Hickory, North Carolina the daughter of Hal Houston and the niece of Tommy Houston, legendary Busch Series driver. Teresa is a graduate of Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, NC where she was on the varsity cheerleading squad. She has a degree in commercial art and interior design.
Teresa met Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR driver, at a race in the late 1970s. The two married November 14, 1982. It was Dale's third marriage. They lived on a 300-plus acre farm near Mooresville, North Carolina. Taylor Nicole Earnhardt was born to the couple on December 20, 1988. Dale died racing the Daytona 500 in 2001.
Kerry Dale Earnhardt (born December 8, 1969) is a former NASCAR driver and the elder son of seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. He is the half-brother of NASCAR Sprint Cup star Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He is also the older half-brother of Kelley Earnhardt and Taylor Nicole Earnhardt. He is also the older stepson of Teresa Earnhardt (Dale Earnhardt's wife and Tommy Houston's niece).
He is employed by Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as a consultant, specializing in driver development. His younger son, Jeffrey Earnhardt, began racing for DEI in 2007. Kerry is known for his physical similarity to his father.
Teresa headed Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) during four Busch Series championships in 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005 plus two Craftsman Truck Series championships in 1996 and 1997. Her first Daytona 500 win as a team owner occurred when driver of the #15 Chevrolet driven by Michael Waltrip won at the 2001 Daytona 500. This was the same race in which her husband Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash during the final lap of the race.
In late 2006, Earnhardt hired entertainment executive Max Siegel as President of Global Operations to help DEI expand into the entertainment industry. On July 25, 2007, DEI Merged with Ginn Racing with Bobby Ginn gaining a part ownership in DEI.
Teresa was unable to retain the sponsorships of Budweiser and US Army who pulled support following the exit of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. This was a major factor leading to the merger with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in November 2008 that formed Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Chance 2 Motorsports is a former NASCAR racing team that was founded by Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2003. Although connected with Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the race team founded by Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and run by Teresa Earnhardt after his death, the two were separate operations.